1. It’s all about the angles
The game requires you hit the ball into the goal, therefore the angle of your player and the ball has to be considered. Even from a distance you can quite easily score, as mentioned the game is similar to Air Hockey where you can use the walls to bounce the ball off, so even if you cannot score in a straight line if you know your angles there will be a chance to hit it off the wall or opposition player. You can use the practice offline option on the top right corner of the screen in order to help you get used to the games shooting mechanics. However, the practice offline option does still cost coins, and you cannot get them back in any way once you pay for the practice session.
You will have four formations to choose from, the 1-2-1 is the best formation to use. Although this looks more like a 1-1-2-1 as you have five players at your disposal. This is the default formation that is set up when you start the game.
3. Defend and be patient
It is best to keep three players at the back, when starting with the 1-2-1 formation it is best to use one player as much as you can. It is sometimes not possible to, however as a general rule it is good to get in the habit of using one player to try and score and leave three at the back to cover your net.
4. Use the opposition to help you
Try to manipulate the opposition by crashing into them and moving their players around. A good tactic is to leave three at the back, use one player to shoot with and then use the other player to make space. You can use one player as a battering ram and to knock the opposition defenders out of the way while making a good angle for a shot.
This is it! Hopefully they will give you an advantage over your opponent next time you play!
5. Two-touch control
Using one finger to control a player near the sides of the pitch can be difficult on smaller screens – so use a second finger! Tap and hold on the player you want to use, and then tap and drag with another finger to control aim and power. You can practice this in the Tutorial, which you can find in the Settings menu.
6. Don't cross the line!
If a player crosses the goal line, they get automatically re-positioned a little distance from goal. This is to stop players simply packing the goalmouth with players and stopping the action. So, if you’re repositioning your players, judge the power carefully so you don’t send them over the line and leave an open goal. On the other hand, if your opponent has everyone on the line, send one of your own players smashing into them to clear them out!
7. Don't just blast it...
A mistake that new players make is going for a max power shot, every single time. This can really work against you: the harder you hit the ball, the more difficult it is to judge where it’ll end up. Going “full power” could mean that the ball ends up running free and giving the other team an easy tap-in. Unless you’re sure that full power is the only answer, try to gauge your move carefully instead.
8. Good positioning could win you the game...!
Just like real soccer, keeping your players in useful positions can be the difference between winning or losing. Soccer Stars is all about balancing attack and defence – and having your players bunched in one place, out on the side of the pitch, is going to lead to a quick goal for the opposition.
9. Kick-offs are important
You can’t score straight from the kick-off – it’s a foul, and your opponent gets the turn instead. However, you can get the ball very close to goal, and make it awkward for the other team to dig it out. One thing to remember though: a match of Soccer Stars can be lost with a bad kick-off. If you play a poor shot, it can leave the other team with a clear line to your goal and you could be 1-0 down before you’ve even really got started.
10. Practice to get better!
Soccer Stars combines strategy with physics-based play… and the best way to up your skills is to play lots of matches. Get used to the way the ball bounces off the side of the pitch, and experiment with different formations until you find one you’re most comfortable with. Practice won’t make you perfect… but it’ll certainly make you a lot better.